Mark Noble Regional Fire Training Center
The Fire Training Center is a complex of structures and infrastructure designed to create realistic training scenarios for firefighters. This multi-phased complex was paid for by the citizens of Olympia with a 2008 voted bond issue.
Commercial Training Tower
The 6 story commercial training tower simulates several styles of commercial buildings in Olympia.
Residential Training Tower
The 2 story residential training tower simulates typical single family dwelling and apartment buildings in Olympia.
The drill area has nearly 4 acres of pavement for training with fire hoses and fire equipment.
Residential Roof Props
The roof props are for training firefighters to open roof structures and allow heat, smoke and fire to escape.
Training Office, Computer Simulation Lab for Officer Training, and Firefighter Rehab facility
Come Train With Us
We will start to open the Training Center to outside agencies in 2013 with full deployment in 2014. We can offer space for training and hands on instruction in our state of the art facilities. Consider us for Command/Officer training in our Command Training Center and hands on firefighter training in our towers, burn room, vent prop, climbing and repelling areas, and nearly 4 acres of paved area. Link to our training information page to learn more about our programs as they are developed.
About the Name of the Facility
The Center is named after Olympia Firefighter Mark Noble. Mark passed away in January of 2005 following a remarkable struggle against a line of duty related brain cancer. Mark had been involved in firefighter training his whole career.
Mark Noble was a firefighter from January of 1984 to June of 2004. Before he was a firefighter in Olympia, Mark served with McLane Fire, our neighbor to the west. Mark spent many hours both with Olympia and at McLane helping firefighters to be safe through example, training, mentoring and coaching.
Before Mark passed, he sat down to conduct his last training session for all the firefighters who remained and those to come. In the training DVD entitled, You Need It Like a Hole in the Head, Firefighters and Cancer, An Interview with Mark Noble, Mark shared his struggle with cancer and extolled firefighters everywhere to do everything possible to prevent cancer on the job. This last endeavor to keep training others using Mark's tragic loss exemplifies Mark's spirit towards training and helping others.
Mark's name on the Fire Training Center symbolizes his commitment to firefighter safety and training while his story will continue to be told to firefighters new and old. His name on the Fire Training Center will alert trainees to the serious and critical nature of the work that will be done in that facility.